Automotive Technician Studies

Automotive Technician Studies: Student working on car.Automotive Technician Studies: Student working on car.

Diploma Program

If you are challenged by the theories and applications of today’s automobiles, the Automotive Technology Diploma program offered by Delaware Tech will give you the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills that will lead to employment in this innovative and changing industry. As a graduate, you will gain experience and respect in this trade by applying the knowledge you acquired of the various automotive electrical and electronic systems operations and service procedures; automotive heating and air conditioning systems; the various steering, alignments, and suspension systems and brake systems used on modern vehicles. You will apply your acquired skills through the use of printed and electronic information and your familiarity with the tools and instruments used to diagnose faults and carry out necessary repairs and maintenance.

The 34 credit-hour program includes systematic classroom instruction; completion of required laboratories; and a structured, mandatory internship. Upon completion of the diploma program and the required full time work experience, you will be eligible to seek certification from the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Graduates of the diploma program are also eligible and encouraged to pursue an Associate degree in Automotive Technology.

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of each location's wait-list process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for program requirements.

This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Automotive apprentice service technician
  • Auto maintenance and light repair technician
  • Shop owner
  • Dealership technician
  • Fleet vehicle technician
  • Franchise vehicle technician
  • Auto body shop mechanical repair
What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Identify appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.
  2. Locate automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
  3. Record service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs. 1. Customer complaint verification 2. Correct the problem 3. Complete the repair.
  4. Explain proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
  5. Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.

Campus-Specific Automotive Technician Studies Information
This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.

Huey West
Department Chair, Instructor,
and Program Advisor
(302) 259-6451


John Hoopes
Department Chair, Instructor,
and Program Advisor
(302) 453-3016

Students must satisfy program prerequisites required by scores on Accuplacer, SAT or ACT prior to program admission. After prerequisites are met, students may then register for the first semester of the automotive diploma or degree classes based on a first come, first served basis.

The instruction, course of study, facilities, and equipment of the automotive technology program have been evaluated by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and meet the standards of quality for the training of automotive technicians in the following areas:

  • Automatic Transmission & Trans-axle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train & Axles
This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.